Bracken: Piss Christ? Piss Koran! — Part Two

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This is the second installment of a story by Matt Bracken, which is being serialized here and at Gates of Vienna in several parts.

Previously: Part 1

Piss Christ? Piss Koran!
Part Two: Morning Light

by Matthew Bracken

At seven minutes after six, Mike closed his notebook and put the bottle of apple juice behind his pack and near the bottom of his poncho shanty. Then he took a Sony portable AM/FM radio the size of a cigarette pack from a cargo pocket of his trousers. It already had a wire for a single ear bud wrapped around it. He switched it on: it was preset for WNYR-FM.

Jerry Conroy was talking over his show’s lead-in bumper music. “Folks, if you’re just tuning in, we have a major situation happening near 6th Avenue and 53rd, right across from the BCA television network building in Manhattan. If you were listening to this show last Friday, then you already know about the Serrano exhibit that’s opening today at the Modern Art Museum. If you’re not up to speed, Andres Serrano is the artist who created the infamous Piss Christ. Well, today there’s a man sitting up on a construction crane across 6th Avenue from the BCA building, and, he’s threatening to create some new art of his own if the Serrano exhibit opens up this morning. Brooklyn Mike, are you still there?”

Mike Dolan removed the ear bud, and picked up his flip phone. “I’m here, Jerry.” He looked down at the screen of his iPhone. Charlie Thorn was staring intently, saying nothing, and then the BCA camera cut back to its shot of him up on the crane. Then a still picture of Jerry Conroy appeared with the caption, “WNYR talk radio host Jerry Conroy.”

“Mike, can you explain to our listening audience what you’re doing up there?”

“Well, Jerry, like you just said, it’s about the Serrano exhibit.”

“Folks, if you didn’t already see it on BCA a few minutes ago, Brooklyn Mike is threatening to douse a copy of the Koran in urine if the Serrano exhibit opens up. Do we understand that correctly, Mike?”

“You got it, Jerry. If they show the Piss Christ at the MAM, then I’m going to create the Piss Koran up here.”

“Mike, if you do that, you have to know that millions of Muslims around the world are going to be very, very upset.”

“Then that’s their problem. Almost nobody seems to object to the Piss Christ, so why should the Koran be out of bounds? I mean, if we all have the freedom of expression, why shouldn’t I be free to create my own art? The mayor said that we had to respect Serrano’s artistic vision and his right to free expression, so why should the Koran be off limits?”

“That may all be true, but let’s be practical. Let’s be realistic. You have to know there’s going to be a terrible reaction to your stunt. And the responsibility will lie with you.”

“With me? Jerry, last Friday you asked why Christians and Jews were just expected to take this kind of abuse like sheep, but we couldn’t say one word about Islam, or bombs would go off. So you gave me the idea, Jerry, you did. So why don’t you have to share some of the responsibility? How far back does this responsibility thing go? I mean, is there still free speech in America, or not?”

“But if you go through with this stunt, come on, Mike, you know that a lot of people are going to be hurt. A lot of people.”

“Why is that? I’m not threatening to hurt anybody. I’m just going to create a new work of art — just like Serrano.” Mike checked his smart phone again. The still picture of Jerry Conroy was across from him in the corner of the screen.

“Do you understand all of the ramifications of what you’re doing today, Mike?”

After a pause, he said, “Yes, I believe that I do.”

Conroy sighed. “Well, Mike, are you willing to take some questions from callers?”

“Why not?”

“Okay, folks, first up is Reverend Samuel L. Peterson, pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Mission. Reverend Peterson is also on the board of the New York Interfaith Council. Reverend Peterson, go ahead.”

The reverend sounded old and frail. “Mike, oh, Mike, are you really going to do this terrible thing? If you do, you are going to cause an unimaginable outbreak of rage across the Muslim world! I fear that many people are going to be hurt! Do you really want to do that? Do you want that on your conscience?”

“Why would it be on my conscience? I wouldn’t hurt a fly. I’m just creating a new work of art, just like Serrano. Nothing more, and nothing less. I can see the Modern Art Museum from here, down 53rd. It was in the news all last week, pastor. Were you planning to come down to protest against it?”

“Uh, Mike, well, I’m, you see, I’m not much of an expert on art — ”

“And you’re just so busy, I know. Too busy to worry about the Piss Christ, or what Christians think about it. But you’re Johnny-on-the-spot today, aren’t you?”

“Michael, may I call you Michael? Michael, two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Mike snorted. “What? Is that the best you can do? Seriously? Reverend Peterson, tell me something. Do you know what a dhimmi is? In English, it’s spelled d-h-i-m-m-i. Dhimmi. It’s an Arabic word. Do you know what it means? Ever hear of it?”

“Michael, I’m not sure what that has to do with — ”

“It has everything to do with everything! Dhimmi! Do you know the word, or not?”

“I must say that I’m not familiar with it. I don’t speak Arabic, and I don’t see — ”

“Well, I suggest that you look it up, you old fool! Lenin would have called you a useful idiot. You’re not leading your flock to verdant pastures, you’re leading them straight to a pack of hungry wolves! You’re a dhimmi, and you don’t even know it.”

After a moment, Jerry Conroy came back on and said, “Ah, Reverend Peterson seems to have dropped off the line. Mike, we’re not going to get very far if you treat our callers this way.”

“I’m sorry the reverend is gone, because I had some more to tell him. ‘Interfaith’ preachers like Peterson are nothing more than Judas goats, leading their flocks straight into the slaughterhouse. He’s doing the work of the jihadists, and he’s too stupid to even understand it.”

“So, what does this dhimmi thing mean, anyway?”

“You don’t know either?”

“No, should I?”

“Yeah, you should. Look it up sometime.”

“Okay, I will. But now we have more callers waiting. If you can keep your temper, maybe we can work this out. Imam Sayyid Qutb of the Al-Hijra Mosque in Brooklyn is on the line. I’m told that Imam Qutb is one of the foremost authorities on Islamic jurisprudence in America. Imam Qutb, you’re on the air. Am I pronouncing your name correctly?”

An elderly male voice, with a strong Middle Eastern accent. “Yes, that’s fine. And am I also speaking to the man up on the crane, the man who is causing all of the worry and consternation today?”

Mike felt a chill of recognition at the name of the imam, and his mosque. “If you say that I am, then I guess I am.” He had purchased his Koran and his other Islamic holy books in the Al-Hijra Mosque’s bookstore. Then he had done some more research into the mosque, and he even read a few short on-line biographies of the well-known Imam. Mike scanned his iPhone: BCA news had a still shot of the imam on the screen, with a telephone symbol next to it. Below his photo, the caption read “Imam Sayyid Qutb, National Islamic-American Council.” In the photo Qutb had a long gray beard, wire-rimmed glasses, and a checkered scarf around his head.

The imam said, “Oh, Mike, don’t do it — I implore you. Please don’t do it.”

“Why not? Last week the mayor said that multicultural diversity is New York’s greatest strength, and he said that we all have to respect diverse views about what constitutes art, so I’m pretty sure that he’ll love the Piss Koran — ”

“Please, don’t say that! I implore you, Mike, don’t say that again.”

“What’s the problem with saying Piss Koran? It’s a free country, isn’t it?”

“Because you must know that the violent extremists will be provoked. What you have discussed doing will be taken as an extreme provocation by Muslims around the world. I can hardly imagine a worse provocation. I fear that great violence will be the result of such a great act of blasphemy.”

“Nobody cares about the Piss Christ except for a handful of intolerant Christian bigots, that’s what the mayor said. So why should anybody care about the Piss Koran?”

“Mike, it’s a sad reality that there are Muslim extremists who misunderstand the underlying peaceful message of the Holy Koran. If you commit this act of provocation, many people will be hurt, that is my great fear. I don’t want to see that happen, and I’m sure that you don’t want to see it happen either.”

“Imam Qutb, are Muslims really that close to committing violence, that they’ll commit violence over a simple work of art?”

“Mike, Muslims are very peaceful people. The Holy Koran says that anybody who murders another, it is as if he murdered the whole world.”

“Yes, it does say that. In fact, I have a bookmark on that page, so I can read it right now.” Mike took the Koran from the bucket, and opened it across his lap.

“Here it is: Sura 5:32. I even highlighted it. ‘Whoever kills a human being for other than murder or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind. And who saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.’ The problem I have with that verse is the part about ‘or corruption in the earth.’ In context, that refers to unbelievers who resist the spread of Islam after they have heard the message. When it was written, it was referring to the Jews in Arabia, and they were all slaughtered for resisting Islam. Now, I’m not an Islamic scholar, but that ‘corruption in the earth’ part seems like a pretty big loophole to me. It sounds to me like that means it’s fair game for Muslims to kill any infidels who resist the spread of Islam.”

“Where did you ever hear such a thing, Mike?”

“It’s in the Koran, and the Hadiths of Mohammed. And Reliance of the Traveller, and some other Islamic holy books that I’ve been studying.”

“Did you read them yourself, or did somebody tell you that? I fear that you have been very badly misinformed. Islam is first and foremost a religion of peace.”

“Then what about Sura 9:5, the Verse of the Sword?” Mike flipped to another bookmark. “Fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war. But if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them; for Allah is forgiving and most merciful.”

“The Christian Bible also contains violent passages, would you like to hear some of them as well? You see, there are many differing interpretations of Islam, and there are unfortunately a small percentage of extremists who prefer to choose among the more violent verses. Just as there are violent Christian extremists, who choose among the violent verses of the Bible.”

“But there are over a hundred verses in the Koran that tell Muslims to wage jihad against the infidels until they submit to Islam, so I don’t think that you can compare the Koran to the Bible. And there’s something even more important than the number of times that the Koran tells Muslims to slay the unbelievers — I’m talking about the Islamic principle of abrogation. Tell me if I’m wrong, but abrogation means that the verses from the later chapters cancel out the earlier verses if there’s any contradiction. Sura 9 was the last chapter that Allah gave to Mohammed, so it abrogates any earlier verses that contradict it. It erases them. The peaceful verses were written when Mohammed was in Mecca, and his new religion was only just beginning.

“But in Mecca, Mohammed’s new religion wasn’t pulling in many converts, at most, maybe one or two hundred, and that was after a few years of trying, so he left. It wasn’t until after Mohammed’s hijra migration to Medina that he started to pull in thousands of new converts. You know, hijra — like the name of your mosque. And the big reason that they were suddenly attracted to Mohammed’s new religion was because after he got to Medina, Allah told Mohammed that his followers could kill anybody who opposed the spread of Islam, and take their property, and take their women as slaves. The Verse of the Sword cancels out the peaceful verses from the Meccan period, isn’t that true? Isn’t that the meaning of abrogation?”

“I don’t know where you have learned your understanding of Islam, but I fear that you have come under the influence of the Islamophobes.”

“Imam, you’re one of the leading Islamic scholars in America, so I’m sure that you understand the principle of abrogation. I thought it might be important, so I wrote it down on another bookmark. Here it is: abrogation is ‘naskh’ in Arabic. At least, that’s how they spell it in English. You never heard of it?”

“I’ve heard of it, but I’m afraid that you have only learned one meaning of naskh from among many. A true understanding of these concepts would take many years of careful study at an Islamic university. There are differing ways to interpret the meaning of the holy books, and Muslims understand their faith in differing ways. Thankfully, most Muslims are quite moderate in their beliefs, just as most Christians are.”

“Moderate Muslims…that reminds me. I wrote down something about that. Here it is. President Erdogan of Turkey said that ‘There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it. These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion.’ So, was he wrong to say that?”

“President Erdogan speaks only for himself. I don’t know what was in his mind, or even if that is a true quotation of what he said.”

“Well what about you, Imam Qutb? Do you think it’s insulting to suggest that there is moderate and immoderate Islam? Since you live in America now, do you consider yourself to be a moderate Muslim? I mean, you’re not one of those radical extremists, are you?”

“I consider myself to be a faithful and principled Muslim. But why are you questioning me? That which you are planning to do will lead to a great catastrophe! My question to you is, why are you doing it? What is your hidden agenda?”

“Why? I told you already: I want to create another great work of art like Serrano’s Piss Christ. Maybe even better. Then, someday I can have an exhibit in the Modern Art Museum, too.”

“The unnecessary deaths of many people will be upon your name if you go ahead with this great blasphemy! Are you willing to accept that terrible responsibility?”

“Any murder is the responsibility of the murderer and nobody else. Imam, you’re from Egypt, and Arabic is your first language, isn’t that right?”

“Yes, that is correct. And I must say that if you have been reading the Koran in English, then you can’t really understand the many subtle nuances that are lost in translation.”

“But Imam Qutb, I bought my Koran at an Islamic bookstore, and it says right here that the translation is fully certified by the Al-Azhar Islamic University in Cairo, and it’s recommended for teaching non-Muslims about your faith.” Mike held the inside cover of the Koran up for the camera. “See, it has English on one side, and Arabic on the other. And most of the Muslims in the world don’t speak Arabic, so they have to use a translation of the Koran, otherwise, they can’t read it. So what about the people that can’t read Arabic? Are you saying that only Arabic speakers are able to fully comprehend Islam? Why wouldn’t Allah make Islam comprehensible to all people in all languages?”

“You are speaking in riddles, Mike, and I don’t know why. I’m afraid that a complete understanding of Allah’s divine intentions for mankind are much more complicated than can be conveyed with a brief explanation over the telephone.”

“Well, in that case, can you explain just one more Arabic word to me, with all of its subtle nuances? I think it’s an important word for all Americans to understand.”

“What word is that?”

Taqiyya. Can you tell us the meaning of taqiyya, and how it relates to dawah, which is the spreading of the faith of Islam among the unbelievers?”

“Oh, Mike, I can see that I am wasting my time with you today, and I am very sorry for that. Clearly, your mind has been poisoned by the professional Islamophobes.”

“So, you won’t tell everybody what taqiyya means?”

“Mike, I’m very sorry that your mind is closed to the truth of the message of Allah. And again, I urge you in the very strongest terms not to conduct your act of blasphemy.”

“Can you please explain why blasphemy against one religion is acceptable, but not against another?”

“I would never say that any blasphemy is acceptable, ever. Faithful Muslims are against all forms of blasphemy. If it was my decision, no such blasphemy would be permitted.”

“But in our country, we have the freedom of expression under the First Amendment of the Constitution, and the Constitution is still the supreme law of our country.”

“Free expression is not an excuse for the incitement of violence. One may not shout fire in a crowded theater, to use a famous example.”

“I am doing no such thing. I’m all by myself.”

“Mike, I equally condemn the blasphemous Serrano exhibit as I condemn what you are planning. And I would call on Muslims who honor all of our prophets to come to the place where this blasphemous Serrano exhibit will held, to protest against it.” Imam Qutb then spoke a few sentences in Arabic, which, of course, Mike could not understand.

Jerry Conroy said, “I’m sorry, but what does that mean? What did you just say?”

“I said that faithful Muslims should come to the place of the blasphemy, to pray for peace among all people of faith.”

“Oh, all right. We can certainly all agree on that. Thank you, Imam Qutb. Thank you for your unique perspective.”

“You’re welcome.” Then the imam spoke few more words in Arabic, and he was gone.

Conroy said, “Folks, I know this is an unusual situation, but we’ve blown right through our scheduled break. We’ll be right back after these messages from our sponsors.”

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Up on the crane, Mike looked at his smart phone. BCA had also cut to a commercial. He reached into his pack, took out a half-liter water bottle, and sipped from it. He’d been drinking only sparingly since the night before, and had eaten nothing, so that he would not be interrupted by a call of nature. He was much too wired to feel hunger or to need a cup of coffee or any other stimulant. He put the pocket radio’s ear bud back in, and listened to the commercials on WNYR, so that he would know when the break was over.

Then he pushed the preset button for National Public Radio. A panel was discussing the dramatic situation in Midtown Manhattan. Voices were shouting over one another about how to avert the great calamity that was going to befall New York, and indeed, the entire world, if the “standoff” on the crane was allowed to proceed any further. One of the female panelists even suggested that it would be better for the police to shoot Brooklyn Mike dead where he sat, rather than to allow his desecration of the Holy Koran to occur! As the lesser of evils! To save lives! On NPR, no less! Then Mike went back to WNYR, so that he wouldn’t miss the next segment.

He looked down 53rd toward the MAM while he was waiting. It was full morning light, and even though the street was still mostly in shadow, he didn’t need his binoculars to see what was happening. The flatbed with the extra police barricades was now parked at the 6th Avenue end of 53rd in the shadow of the BCA tower. City workers in orange vests were setting up a police line across 53rd where it intersected 6th Avenue. Then he heard the Jerry Conroy Show bumper music, and picked his phone back up.

Conroy was saying, “We’re back live, folks, and all I can say, is — wow! Did anybody see this coming? Brooklyn Mike, are you still there?”

“I’m here, Jerry.”

“Next, we have a special guest who would like to speak with you. In the studio with me is Victor Del Rio, a special assistant to the mayor for public safety. Victor, you’re on.”

“Mike, this is Victor Del Rio, but you can call me Vic, everybody does. So how are feeling up there, buddy? Me, I can’t stand heights. So what are you thinking, big Mike? Anything you need? I’m sure that we can work something out. I’m sure we can settle this problem without anybody getting hurt.”

Mike hesitated before he spoke. “I haven’t said a single word about hurting anybody, Vic. So now I’m guessing that you’re some kind of police negotiator, is that right?”

“Mike, um, no, I, uh, no, uh… No.”

“Vic, I don’t have any weapons. I don’t have a bomb. And I’m not going to jump. You have nothing to worry about from my end. So why don’t you put Jerry back on?”

“Well, gee, Mike, it looks like Jerry has stepped out for a minute, but I’m sure he’ll be back in a while. In the meantime, why don’t you and I talk?”

Mike looked at his iPhone. The shot of him at the end of the crane occupied the entire screen. There was no photo of “Victor Del Rio.” If he was really one of the mayor’s “special assistants,” then BCA News would have a picture of him ready to show the world. They’d had no trouble finding a photo of Imam Qutb, or Reverend Peterson.

“All right, Vic, we can talk. But first, I want to show you something, and then we can talk about it.” Mike took out his aluminum clipboard case, slid out a sheet of paper, and held it up for the camera. “I printed this right off the BCA website over the weekend. See? It’s Serrano’s Piss Christ, right on their website. The web page had links to a couple of their old news stories about it, and I watched some of them. BCA News had no problem at all showing Piss Christ on national television at least five different times.”

A glance at his smart phone showed that BCA was indeed broadcasting the printed screen capture of their web page, complete with a large, well focused rendition of Piss Christ in bright orange and yellow. “See that, Victor? They had no problem at all showing anti-Christian art. The web page was still up yesterday, and it’s probably still up right now.”

Then Mike took another sheet of paper from the aluminum case and held it up for the camera. “But here’s a picture from a much bigger news story. People got killed over pictures like this, but BCA never showed them, not even one single time.”

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Mike held a full-page copy of a cartoon next to the copy of the BCA News Piss Christ web page. It was a hand-drawn caricature of a bearded, glaring man wearing a turban. The turban had a lit fuse, making it into a bomb. Mike held the two pictures as steady as he could in his left hand, side by side, because he had to hold the phone in his right. The breeze was coming up, and he had to hold the two pages against his chest to keep them from blowing around. The picture on his smart phone cut away to Charlie Thorn, who appeared completely startled, but no words were formed by his gaping mouth. Then the screen returned to the live crane shot, but this time, both pages on Mike’s chest were pixilated. Mike held the two pages up for a few more seconds, and then he put them away.

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“Now, isn’t that interesting, Vic? All these years, and BCA News never had a problem with showing a photograph of Jesus Christ on the cross, submerged in piss. If Christians didn’t like it, that was their problem. But when I put the Piss Christ next to a cartoon of Mohammed, all of the sudden it gets blurred out. Now, why do you think that is?”

Victor Del Rio said, “Mike, I agree with you, man. One hundred percent. And I’m glad that BCA is finally coming around and showing some respect for our Christian values and sensibilities, and we all have you to thank for that. You’ve done a great service today, Mike, you really have. Now, if we can talk about how we’re going to resolve this other situation, I think that — ”

“Vic, I think that you’re an NYPD hostage negotiator, but I don’t see any hostages, do you? So why don’t you put Jerry Conroy back on the phone?”

“Mike, I can’t do that right now. Jerry’s, uh, Jerry’s on his way over to the BCA News studio, and, uh — ”

“Vic, I know it’s just your job, but if you don’t put Jerry back on in the next sixty seconds, I’m not waiting until ten o’clock when the Serrano exhibit opens. I’m not a complete fool, Victor. Fifty seconds.” Mike pinched the phone between his left shoulder and cheek, wishing he had brought some kind of a headset to keep both hands free. He reached behind him and dragged over the bottle of apple juice, set in on the deck in front of the Koran in the bucket, and unscrewed the cap one-handed.

Then Jerry Conroy’s voice returned. “I’m still here, Mike. Please, put the bottle away. I’m still here.”

“I’m glad you are, Jerry. But I don’t want to hear from any more psychologists or police negotiators. If the mayor wants to talk to me, then put on the mayor. If the police commissioner wants to talk to me, then put him on. But no more stooges, okay? No more. Don’t sandbag me like that again. Don’t insult my intelligence.”

“I’m sorry, Mike, I’m really sorry. You have to understand, I’m under a lot of pressure here.”

“You? Under pressure?” Mike snickered. “Tell me about it.”

Jerry Conroy laughed too. “Yeah, I can see your point. You want to take another call?”

“Only if it’s legit. No more stooges.”

“It’s legit, I promise.”

“Then put him on.”

“Okay, Mike. Here’s Joseph. He says he’s a Christian Arab from Lebanon. Okay, Joseph, you’re on the Jerry Conroy Show with Brooklyn Mike.”

“I’m on? Okay. Mike, like Jerry said, I’m a Christian, a Maronite Catholic. Most of my family was wiped out, and the rest of us were driven out of Lebanon by the Muslims thirty years ago, when I was a young man. Now it’s happening again in Syria, in Iraq, everywhere in the Middle East. Ethnic cleansing, religious cleansing, right in the lands where Jesus walked. And I understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. I understand your feelings, I understand your anger. But Mike, if you go through with it, it’s going to be a slaughter. You understand that? A complete slaughter! Innocents will die. The Muslims are going to go absolutely out-of-their-minds bat-shit crazy if you do it.”

“What they do is up to them, Joseph. Are they human beings, with reason, and free will, or are they just robots that look like humans, but are programmed to kill on command?”

“I hear you, Mike, and I know what you’re saying. I really do. But I also wanted to warn you, to warn everybody, that what the imam said that he said in Arabic wasn’t what he really said. This is what he really said.” The caller spoke in Arabic, and then in English again. “He called all the Muslims in the city to come down and stop the great blasphemy, no matter what the price. So I’m very afraid for your safety, Mike. I’m afraid for everybody down there. That’s all I wanted to say. And good luck. But don’t do it.”

“I appreciate that, Joseph, but I’m not changing my mind. If the Serrano exhibit opens, I’m going to create my own work of art. Nothing will change my mind.”

Conroy said, “All right, next caller, but please, keep it in English, so that everybody can understand. Mike, are you ready for another caller?”

“Go ahead, Jerry.”

“All right, next up is Ghazi from Queens. Go ahead, Ghazi.”

“Mike, you are out of your mind, my kafir friend. Out of your mind! Do you know what is going to happen if you go through with this great blasphemy? Do you know? You are not only going to wish that you were dead, you are going to pray for death!” Then the caller launched into a stream of blistering invective in Arabic before he was cut off. With the ten-second delay, Mike guessed that nobody listening would have heard his threats, or what he said in Arabic at the end.

Conroy said, “Real sweet, Ghazi. Real sweet. Listen, folks, we won’t get anywhere like that. If we can’t have a civil conversation, we’re going to clear the lines and start all over again with new callers. Next up, Mohammed is calling from Maryland. Go ahead, Mohammed.”

Another male voice with a thick Middle Eastern accent. “Mike, you are making a very terrible mistake, a very terrible mistake. Already millions of Muslims around the world are watching what you are doing. The whole world is trembling for what you are about to do! The Holy Koran is the received truth of Allah, and Muslims take it very seriously. Please, don’t do this thing to our Holy Koran!”

“Listen, Ghazi, you came to my country, I didn’t go to yours. If you don’t like it, then why don’t you — ”

Conroy cut in. “Mike, the mayor is on the line.”

“Great. Put him on.”

Hizzoner’s deep, gruff voice. “Mike, do you have any idea what kind of hornet’s nest you’ve whipped up? Do you? And not only in New York.”

“I have a pretty good idea, Mr. Mayor. So, are you going to cancel the exhibit, or not?”

“We don’t give in to extortion, Mike. We can’t. Not under duress, not with a gun pointed at our heads. You come on down, and we’ll discuss it like mature adults, I promise. We’ll work something out, we’ll reach a compromise.”

“I don’t have a gun, mayor. But I’m glad you called, because I have a bone to pick with you. Last week, you said that right-wing Christian bigots had to learn to show tolerance for the views of others. That was when you announced that the Serrano exhibit was going ahead no matter how much anger it was creating. Don’t you think that it’s time you gave the same tolerance lecture to the Muslims?”

“How can you possibly equate the two situations?”

“How can you not?”

“Nobody is threatening violence over the Serrano exhibit.”

“And I’m not threatening violence either, so what’s your point?”

“Mike, I’m sure that we can discuss this like mature adults.”

“I’m sure that we can. So call off the Serrano exhibit, Mr. Mayor. Box it up and get it out of the city. After that, we’ll talk about me coming down.”

“I can’t do that, Mike. That would be surrendering to extortion.”

“Well, then I don’t think that we have — ”

Then a blue and white helicopter dropped out of the sky, lurching to a stop fifty feet in front of Mike’s perch, facing him like a science-fiction super insect. It must have been hovering on top of the building to arrive so suddenly and without warning. The rotors and engine were barely audible, but then a wall of sound blasted from the chopper louder than the front row of a death-metal rock concert. Driven by animal reflex he turned away just in time to see a smaller helicopter swerve in from behind the bank building and pull up over the crane’s jib.

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Blinding, pulsing light hit Mike’s platform from behind him, so bright that he could barely see, even though he wasn’t looking toward it. It was only a matter of luck that he hadn’t been staring at the police helicopter when the light started flashing, but even while looking away from it he was half blinded by its relentless strobing. The continuous whooping acoustic roar was head-splitting, louder than standing directly behind a jet engine at takeoff, but the sound was uneven, up and down in tone, coming in erratic waves that were synchronized with the blinding light. Waves of nausea rolled through him, his hands clamped over his ears, feeling as if his skull was going to explode.

The smaller helicopter that appeared from behind the building had a pair of SWAT commandos dressed in black leaning out on both sides, their feet on its skids. The pilot worked in close to the crane, the helicopter’s whirling rotors only feet from the window walls of the bank building. Two SWAT cops on the building side of the little helicopter kicked away from the skids and dropped, descending on ropes toward the crane’s jib, halfway out to Mike’s perch.

Next: Part Three

81 responses to “Bracken: Piss Christ? Piss Koran! — Part Two

  1. I fear for Bracken’s sanity; he is succumbing to a peculiar obsession. I hope he is not planning some such escapade

    • Matt Bracken

      Fuck you, Mohammed.
      And the syphilitic camel that you rode in on, that is also your lover, and your father.

      • Interesting that this guy calmed down and flew right ( see what I did there?) for quite a while. Now he gets all foamed up over a piece of fiction. Nice job smoking him out of cover Matt!

        • outlawpatriot

          What do you wanna bet he changes his handle and comes back in another form?😉

          • not a chance. And I still have Bracken penciled in (despite his peculiar obsession) as Minister of Propaganda

            • outlawpatriot

              Pity.

            • JustAroundTheBend

              Stephen coughlin, the red pill for starters. YouTube series (10). You’ll think propaganda. Fact based no emotional rhetoric. See for yourself. Take the time to be informed at senior staff level, both government and military, and to hear first person account witnessing wilful ignorance. Then weep for the slow but sure envelopment of our fair land if we stand lily by.

          • One of Haxo’s former screen names was “Stuka Pilot”. The other name he used escapes me. His coming back in another form would not be a surprise.

            • The pathetically gay “MajikFireHornet!!”

              He was run outta here under both those ridiculous appellations.

              Time for another purge…..

      • Where is the ‘like’ button. I want to hit it, repeatedly.

      • I believe you just outed a confirmed goatfucking pedophile, Matt. THAT makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. Evil hates the light of day.

      • outlawpatriot

        BANG! BANG! BANG! BWAHAHAHAHA!

        • outlawpatriot

          Just remembered. The fucker is a taxi dispatcher. Taxi’s. It fits.😉

          • Matt Bracken

            He’s going to love what’s coming, because a fleet of yellow cabs driven by goat humpers is coming in the next part.

            • we actually had a Muslim driver for a couple months. He exposed himself to a couple female fares, and had to be let go. But your imaginary yellow cabs (like your imaginary “Muslim Tet Offensive in Europe”) will not be a problem.

              • “He exposed himself to a couple female fares, and had to be let go.”

                Bet that just broke your heart.

                If you were the badass you pretend, you’d have seen to it personally that the perv got a little something more than “let go.”

            • outlawpatriot

              Oh, lawdy. You are on a roll Matthew.🙂

          • Jimmy the Saint

            Haxo is Danny DeVito?

            • Steve Kristmann

              Danny Divito?…reallly?
              Nope…my bet is that he’s really Smackso the
              haploid clown from stormfront cuckooland
              nestled firmly in race-hustler ville.

              That anyone gives such a pathetic bollocks
              spewing problem child any consideration or
              attention is beyond me…he’s obviously the
              idiot still searching for his ‘village’.

              Matt’s really hit it out of the park with these!!

              Yours In Liberty!
              NorthGunner III

            • outlawpatriot

              I just shot beer out of my nose. Thanks a lot Jimmy.🙂

        • wise words from Adolf. Later, he made certain promises to the Grand Mufti. And – so unwilling was he to bring down the Zio-Brit Empire – delivered on none of them

          • William Munny

            So basically you’d be quite happy to cuck yourself and your people out to Islam, just because your micro-dicked failed Austrian art student idol had a jones for it as a way to invigorate the Volk and to strike at the Jooooz?

            • no. But, unlike Bracken, I know the difference between a lethal weapon – Islam – and the hand that wields it: open-borders, universalist Tikkun Olam Jewry

      • Legal Alien

        Now that shut the Jew hater up good!!!
        No come back/denial retort on mr Bracken’s accusation I see.

    • outlawpatriot

      Peculiar obsession. You saying peculiar obsession.

      Now that’s funny right there.🙂

    • Why shouldn’t he, or anyone else for that matter, plan something like this? Someone has to, really, or the glaring hypocrisy of blaspheming against Christianity constantly while almost literally bending over for Islam will never be dragged into the public square.

      Let’s hope that Brooklyn Mike manages to resist the disorientation system on that chopper long enough to follow through, because TPTB aren’t going to let him wait for the exhibit to open. As much as I’m interested in Mike’s story, I want more to read about dealing with the aftermath of him carrying out his art project.

  2. Damn it Matt! You’re as bad as my first “real” girlfriend in high school…What a tease! LoL

  3. There are not enough Matt Brackens in this country today.

  4. The hero’s used of apple juice proves and exacerbates the problem of constant caving in to islam. The use of real urine would be more honest.
    Ann (the LionHeart) Barnhardt had the courage to use Real Bacon(TM) in her scathing expose of islams hypocrisy. This is good in its own way. Just lacks the final twist of the prohpets beard.

    • Matt Bracken

      It’s apple juice because it doesn’t matter to the camera. To observers, it’s piss. But to Brooklyn Mike, if it turns into a prolonged siege, he can drink it off camera for longer endurance. Then he can always piss the real thing directly onto the koran, take a dump on it, etc.

  5. Mark Matis

    One more time:

    They stand behind their Blue Wall and laugh, because they know the Only Ones will do WHATEVER they are told, as long as that paycheck keeps comin’ in. Just like those good little piggies in San Jose the other day. And the pig whores know FULL WELL what their spouses are, yet cheer them on anyway.

  6. Hadenoughalready

    Excellent!!! I’ve sent it far and wide.

  7. noticed that the artwork of the koran and container of fluid is NOT included at GoV. Clever and subtle indicator that screams-out-loud about dhimmitude and the EU government active participation in enforcing dhimmitude unto non-believers in the european caliphate.
    Layers within layers in this tale. Well done.

  8. Looking at the Koran above the jar of piss I think to myself that person needs to hydrate more and see a nephrologist.

    • Mark Matis

      If you read the chapter, it’s apple juice. Not urine.

      • Yes, in the story its apple juice, but nowhere in any
        additional comments by the author does it mention
        that the jar in the photo contains apple juice.
        If you intend to go on with such craven sorting
        of cat shit with a thumbtack, maybe you should
        ask Ann Barnhardt if you can borrow her brass balls.
        To be honest, I doubt if she will relinquish them.

        • Grenadier1

          This is why we cant have nice things!

          Stop getting wound around the axle of the illustrations. They dont have to be perfectly matching.

        • This is just more carping from the guy who believes we’re all losers… so much so that he’s willing to see a loss everywhere.

          His glass of piss is always half empty.

    • Matt Bracken

      The photos don’t really correlate 100% to the story, but they were the best we could find.

      • I’ve seen real urine with the look and consistency of tomato juice thanks to injuries. Were it not for the smell could’ve played a bad joke on someone.

        I appreciate what you’re trying to illustrate with this short story. I think we’ve all had enough of the hypocrisy.

  9. George Perry

    So far, another great job by Matt.
    Visualize the movie version. A team takes over a tower crane, lifting several loads to the top before the power is cut off. The crane is draped with the fabric used to turn chain link into privacy fence, maybe with a film behind it to defeat heat sensors. Various platforms and bunkers are constructed…instant fortification.
    A covered walkway is installed to the building that the crane is servicing, creating a whole new area of action. Accomplices and other plots unfold. Maybe some hostage drama.
    Should be 90 minutes of cinematic excitement.

    • Mark Matis

      Except that, if it was going to get ANY distribution in Western cinemas, the plot line would have those on the crane be right-wing terrorists who would be appropriately handled by Steven Segall and Chuck Norris. Even while those two protagonists had to contend with the difficulties posed by wearing red spike heels and baby belly bumps.

  10. Both posts reblogged at my site…

  11. outlawpatriot

    Excellent stuff!🙂

  12. Brilliant. Talk about making a point! Can’t wait for Part III.

  13. Go Matt! Show the hypocrisy fro what it is. Show the cowardice for what it is. Show Barrack Obama for the traitor that he is. Show it ALL!

    • Papa,

      Regarding soetoro-obama and his being a traitor. I’ve never considered him a traitor to the fUSA. Why ? One has to be a citizen of a nation to be a traitor to that nation. I do not consider him a citizen of the fUSA….regardless of what his forged birth certificate states.

  14. Grenadier1

    This should be turned into Comic book form. Maybe printed up into a small version to hand out to people.

  15. Go, Bracken, Go! And by the way, Death to islam, and it’s piss-ant enablers.

  16. Hi Matt, newbie here. Served around the same time as you (2 six year contracts), enlisted. Have been reading articles and interviews from
    few alternatives. Job well done.
    Now, comparing Christianity “The Way” – I posted the following a few
    days ago: https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/about/comment-page-15/#comment-175564 with hope, knowing that “the whole world is under a
    strong delusion,” could do a change step.

  17. Anyone here remember the name of that movie where the guy in the telephone booth was held hostage by a lone sniper in NYC? Was it called “The Booth” or something like that?

    It had that horrible negroe actor F. Whittiker (sp?) as some sort of head cop? This sorta reminds me of that; how one guy can hold the attention of an entire city in his grasp.

  18. terribletroy

    Enjoying this read, and have read your other books.

    Respect, and thanks for the “entertainment”.

  19. Dark Side of the Moon

    Matt, riveting story. Cannot wait for part 3. The hypocrisy of the states knows no bounds does it? Oh and BTW, your trilogy of the reconquista is spectacular. I spent many a sleepless nights finishing those 3 books.

  20. Leauxryda

    Art imitates life…..

    After the first 2 parts, there is so much I’d like to say about the parallels between a story of fiction and real life today. Reading the “logic” coming from each character introduced is no different than watching the news of the day or some silly TV series. The influence and fear that comes from Islam is everywhere we turn throughout our daily lives. People fear it…and people will get it, whether they like it or not. We’re not Europe…..yet!

    I can see this story will be getting better…in a bad, bad way.

    Thanks Matt!

  21. Permission to repost- fair use/not for profit?

    • Matt Bracken

      Yep, post away. All of my internet stuff is meant for the widest possible dissemination, as long as you’re not charging for it. Post it in whole, in part what you like, as long as there are links back to WRSA or GoV.

  22. Camacho2016

    Now if only someone would submerge the Affordable Healthcare Act in a jar of piss….

    Or as they say in Jaws, “We gonna need a bigger jar of urine, scrot!”

    You’re the man Brack!

  23. Comrade X

    Looks like this double standard is feeling the point of Matt’s double edged sword!

  24. rightwingterrorist

    Looks like Brooklyn Mike is learning that everyone is an art critic.

  25. Although I appreciate the need to build up a character for a story, and am very much enjoying the story as it unfolds (bravo Matt, great job so far), I cannot even begin to agree that a UNION promoting/loving persona is a good idea… UNIONS are one of the MAJOR FRIKKING problems causing and supporters of the leftist azzhole liberals…..

  26. Socabill, the movie you are talking about is Phone Booth:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183649/

  27. Westboro asshats plan on being @ the Ali funeral in Louisville Friday.
    The say the are going to pour piss on the Koran. Staying far away

    • Well at least there’s finally something useful going to come from those sons of bitches. Let them do the kick off play and good riddance

  28. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on ETC., ETC., & ETC..

  29. muslimes are just the latest boogieman. I live in MI and I still haven’t seen this “invasion” firsthand. I guess for those who live in cities it’s becoming a problem, but who in their right minds live in a city anyways? Fuck those cities and everyone in them.

    Bottom line… get rid of the corrupt rotten cops who “serve and protect” the entire evil system and the rest is as easy as a walk in the park. You want your Country back?

    Eliminate the cops.

  30. Pisslam!

    Swine piss would cause them all to explode!

  31. Meanwhile, Barnhardt did her thing with the Koran and the bacon, but received no backlash from Muslims. Why is that? How about this idea: the extreme Muslim political movement behaves like a bully. The extreme Muslim political movement only attacks people who will submit and back down, or people who are ruled by government enforcers who will jail them if they don’t submit. The bully is smart enough not to attack people who can and will stand their ground, because failing to inspire fear and failing to get their way would reveal the bully to be weak.

    Strength is being able to kill LaVoy and then ignore the squawking from the peasants. Government is strong because Christians pay it taxes. At the end of this story episode, the dissension-squishers the middle class Christians hired have started doing their jobs. Goodbye, hero; extreme Muslims get their way again, thanks to ordinary Christians paying taxes.

    So what if there’s a riot? New York has seen a lot of riots.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_draft_riots

    Many of the rioters were Irish laborers who feared having to compete with emancipated slaves for jobs.

    Now doesn’t that sound familiar? Better build that wall, a communist iron curtain and central economic planning solve so many problems.